English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

Watling Street

Major Settlement in the Parish of Wellington


The township comprises the area of a wood called Wellington Hay, which became a manor in the 15th cent. Its history is set out in VCH XI 219–21. It lay within the royal forest of the Wrekin, and its bounds are set out 1301 SAC, together with those of other forest areas in Sa. It is the “king's wood of Welyngton Hay under le Wreken” 1380 Pat, the “bailiwick of Welynton Haye” 1392–3 InqMisc, “the said hay by the name of the chase of Welyntonhaye” 1398 ib. The use of ME  hay for divisions of forests is a regular feature of Sa nomenclature, probably arising from an amalgamation of Latin haia 'part of a forest fenced off for hunting' with the ME reflex of OE  (ge)hæg 'enclosure'.

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